Lifestyle Quickies

Regardless of how unhealthy it may be for us, Americans just can't quit their fast food. Well, the 2018 Temkin Experience Ratings has just come out with their annual rankings of fast food chains based on customer satisfaction and it seems folks love their fast food more than ever.

Overall, the industry nabbed a 76% rating, and came in second place overall out of 20 industries, with the average rating of the industry going down only .04%. 

Now, as for the best chain, Subway took the top spot with an 83%, which was high enough for them to place second overall out of 318 companies across 20 industries. Coming in close behind was Popeye’s, which earned an 81%, followed by Panera Bread and Little Caesars, both of which earned an 80%.

  • As for the chain with the worst customer experience rating, that would be McDonald’s, which earned only a 70%, with iHop and Burger King only slightly better with a 72%, although all those ratings are still considered “good.” 

Top Fast Food Restaurants For Customer Satisfaction(click here for the complete list)

  • Subway: 83%
  • Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen: 81%
  • Panera Bread: 80%
  • Little Caesar's: 80%
  • Baskin Robbins: 79%
  • Pizza Hut: 79%
  • Sonic Drive-In: 79%
  • Starbucks: 79%
  • Dairy Queen: 79%
  • Chick-fil-A: 78%

Source: The Business Journal

Although these days folks don’t need to be glued to the TV to get their entertainment, it seems a lot of people are still spending plenty of time each day watching the boob tube.

A new report reveals that globally, the average person spent about three hours each day in front of the television last year. Not surprisingly, folks in the U.S. and Canada are the biggest TV watchers, catching about four hours and three minutes of TV each day, on average, with Europeans not far behind, at three hours and 49 minutes.

On the other end of the spectrum, Asian countries watch the least TV of anybody, just two hours and 25 minutes, while those in China specifically only watch two hours and 12 minutes.

Of course, these days not everyone is actually watching TV on a television. The report finds that most Millennials and young adults actually catch up on programs using their mobile phones.

Source: Yahoo 

There’s no doubt that most people treat their pets like family, which means they tend to spend a lot of money on them. Well, in honor of National Pet Day, which is tomorrow, a new report reveals just how much folks shell out each year on their non-human family members, and the amounts vary vastly from state to state.

Overall, Americans spend about $126.19 on their pets each month, with folks in Delaware spending the most, around $311.90 a month, and those in Idaho pampering their pets the least, only spending $20 bucks a month.

States Spending the Most On Their Pets

  1. Delaware - $311.90
  2. Massachusetts - $272.50
  3. Washington - $186.37
  4. Texas - $182.30
  5. Alabama - $158.13

When it comes to specific animals, owners of small mammals, like guinea pigs, hamsters and gerbils, spend the most monthly, about $251.82, while dog owners spend way more than cat people, $139.80 vs. $92.98. As for those who spend the least, that would be fish owners, who spend only $62.53 a month. 

Source: Opploans

Thrifting is more mainstream than ever, according to a new report from ThredUp, the resale retail site for buying and selling used clothing. The data shows 40% of 18 to 24-year-olds shopped at second hand stores last year and the resale market is growing 24-times faster than conventional clothing retail.

The report shows 35% of millennials are more likely to switch to shopping secondhand because they’re worried about waste. And with celebs like Elle Fanning and Lily-Rose Depp leading the way and snagging all the good finds at popular vintage shops like Golden Age in Los Angeles, you’ve got to have some secondhand shopping skills to get the goods. These tips will help you get the bargains on your next thrift store shopping spree.

  • Buy jeans with raw hems - IF they fit at the waist, don’t worry so much about the bottom hem. If you find a dated pair of boot cut jeans, cut the bottom off and wear them cropped with a raw hem and you’re instantly in style.
  • Check the hardware - Make sure the zippers and buckles work on the jeans, jacket, belt and purse you like before you buy it and have to replace a defective part. Or if you discover something won’t close properly and you still want it, ask for a discount.
  • Raid the jewelry section - Go through the brooches, pins, and buttons to find any unique, sparkly pieces to personalize a jacket or T-shirt.
  • Buy it and try it - If you like something, like a faux fur jacket, but don’t know how it’ll look with your dress at home, buy it and try it out. Don’t wait and try to come back in a week to buy it, it’ll probably be gone. So make sure the store will take returns and get it now, so you don’t have buyer’s remorse later.
  • Bring new sole to old shoes - Some people get grossed out by the thought of wearing someone else’s old shoes, but if you find a cool pair of vintage leather boots, you can have them professionally cleaned and get a new shoe insert to give them new life.

Source: Moneyish

These days when someone is unhappy with or insecure about a part of their body, it’s easy enough to change it with a little nip and a tuck. From earlobe reductions to armpit liposuction, there’s a plastic surgery procedure to fix any part of the body and one of the popular places people are tweaking right now is their ankles.

Women who have “cankles” - or legs with thick ankles where the calf kind of blends into the ankle without much distinction between the two areas - are turning to liposculpture to thin out their lower legs. The procedure is less invasive than conventional lipo, and in it small horizontal incisions are made in the skin, then the fat is sucked out and when it’s all said and done, the calf and lower leg should look more slender.

“Small amounts of fat removal can change the shape of the ankle dramatically,” explains cosmetic surgeon Dr. Meaghan Heckenberg of Australia. “It is often an area of fat deposition that has been a problem most of the patient’s life, which is resistant to diet and exercise.”

She’s performed over 700 of these liposculpture procedures since 2008 and says removing those hereditary collections of fat can sometimes reduce the circumference of the ankle by half. Of course, slimming down the cankles isn’t cheap, it costs around $5,500 and recovery can take up to a year before you see final results. But to the women who want those narrow ankles they’ve been dreaming of forever, it’s totally worth it.

Source: Whimn

Camping is the ultimate outdoor immersion, and courtesy of the latest trends and gear, it takes very little planning or skills to make your escape.

How long has it been since you spent the night out under the stars? Camping has never been easier thanks to sites like Hip Camp that let you book a campsite with all the amenities you want and Tentrr that goes one step beyond and rents you a fully furnished and setup campsite, so they do the work for you. And if you’re not so sure about getting back to nature for a night, check out these science-backed health benefits of camping and get ready to get outdoors.

You've never felt so chill - When you’re ready for a mental detox, get out in the woods. A new study from Japan finds that walking around in a forested area can decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol, slow pulse rate, and reduce blood pressure. And that’s only after 15 minutes, imagine how great you’ll feel after a night out in nature!

You'll sleep like a baby - Just one weekend sleeping outdoors can reset your body clock, so you drift off earlier and wake up more refreshed, according to new research. It’s all about light exposure, since we’re inside all day, we don’t get much natural sunlight during the day and we get lots of artificial light at night, which messes with our body clocks. But during a camping trip, we’re exposed to 13-times brighter daytime light and less light at night and good sleep is our reward.

It boosts your immunity - Scientists found being around nature gives your body a chance to build up your immune system, because when the body is relaxed, it can focus energy on the systems that bring long-term health benefits, like immunity.

A walk in the woods feels like less work - Not only is hiking or running on a trail while camping a lot more fun than hitting the gym, a recent study finds that exercising outside makes people even more energized and happier.

Source: Shape

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